15 disruptors shaking up education

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Want to shake things up in education? Some of them may balk at the idea of being praised as a positive disruptor, but these 15(ish) champions of change will help you to make a difference.

1. @pivotalpaul - Paul Dix is disrupting… How behaviour is handled in schools. In the latest IMS Guide, Paul explains: “Children who are regularly given lengthy punishments don’t learn new behaviours. They simply integrate the inconvenience of punishment into their daily routine.”

2. @LitFilmFest - LitFilmFest are disrupting… How pupils are being engaged. Did you know that young learners can reach new new levels of literacy insight through making their own movies?


3. @WomenEd / @BAMEedNetwork / @LGBTedUK - WomenEd, BAMEed and LGBTed are disrupting… Inequality in education, striving to ensure that teaching staff and leadership teams are diverse, authentic and representative of the UK population.

4. @jazampawfarr - Jaz Ampaw-Farr is disrupting… The way that teachers see themselves. So far as this Resilience Ninja is concerned, teachers are ‘everyday heroes’, capable of incredible things.


5. @Studytracks - Studytracks are disrupting… The use of music in education. That tune stuck in a pupil’s head needn’t be a distraction, asserts Ivor Novello award-winning founder George Hammond-Hagan.

6. @priyalakhani - Priya Lakhani OBE is disrupting… Artificial intelligence, personalised learning, adaptive assessment and teacher workload through the CENTURY.tech platform.


7. @E_Sheninger - Eric Sheninger is disrupting… The way teachers and school leaders work through new ways of thinking. “Disruptive innovation compels educators to go against the flow, challenge the status quo, take on the resistance, and shift our thinking in a more growth-oriented way,” remarks Eric.

8. @HYWEL_ROBERTS - Hywel Roberts is disrupting… How imagination and humour are utilised in the classroom. As a speaker, you’ll often find him launching charm-offensives at teacher CPD events.


9. @besatweet - The British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) are disrupting… Edtech procurement and development. This is done through in-depth sector research and collaboration with over 300 leading educational suppliers.

10. @Sue_Cowley - Sue Cowley is disrupting… Creative teaching and learning, behaviour management, teacher training and, with unstoppable passion and expertise, sector discussion.


11. @UnioByHarness - Unio By Harness are disrupting… Lesson delivery and feedback - for teachers, by teachers. They are an Open Education Challenge (OEC) winner, and work with schools worldwide.

12. @Mr_Patel100 - Ritesh Patel is disrupting… Teacher wellbeing - there’s not a day goes by that this D&T subject lead doesn’t give the education community something to mull over.


13. @soph_bailey - Sophie Bailey is disrupting… Educators’ intake of resources. Through The Edtech Podcast, Sophie is helping to ensure that school leaders and teachers are up-to-date on all things edtech.

14. @hegartymaths - Colin Hegarty is disrupting… The way Maths is taught. Colin has now won multiple awards, including Company of the Year (less than £3m turnover) at the Bett Awards last month. As Richard Branson bemoaned: “Why couldn't HegartyMaths have existed 50 years ago when I was in school?”


15. @NicolePonsford / @JulieMWood1 - Nicole Ponsford and Julie Wood are disrupting… Teacher workload, gender inequality and edtech usage. In an upcoming Innovate My School article, they note: “The irony about teachers is that the ‘growth mindset’ we try to encourage in the kids often doesn’t reflect our own closed-off beliefs.”

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